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FREE DVD GIVEAWAY
We are doing a Free DVD Giveaway! If you are interested in a chance at winning a free copy of Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish, Scream Queens Illustrated, G.G. Allin & the Aids Brigade Live in Boston, Scream Dream or The Pacific on DVD and/or Blu-ray, it is really easy! All you have to do is send me an email at Filmlords@gmail.com. The subject line of the email should read DVD GIVEAWAY. In the body of the email, be sure to put your name, full mailing address and which DVD or Blu-ray you would like. Winners will be selected by random drawing. Best of luck!
THOMAS AND FRIENDS: Merry Winter Wish - Lionsgate
Thomas has a special delivery for the season. The Star of Knapford, a festive light that makes wishes come true! Celebrate the holiday season with Thomas from building snowmen, preparing holiday surprises, and celebrating a Misty Island Christmas party. The more friends the merrier, so join the fun and see that winter wishes do come true with Thomas & Friends!
DAMNED BY DAWN - Image
Spoken of only in fearful whispers, a supernatural force holds a chilling grip over a remote, primitive farming community where Claire (Renee Wilner) arrives to visit her ailing grandmother. On her deathbed, the old woman warns Claire about the cost of interfering with a powerful spirit coming to claim her soul, and when the rest of the family fails to heed these ancient traditions, the dead are called up from their graves for a bloody night of retribution that leaves carnage and monstrous mayhem in its wake! A riveting roller coaster of terror in the tradition of The Evil Dead and Drag Me to Hell, this acclaimed new vision of horror reveals that there truly are things in the night much more frightening than death!
THE MENTALIST: Season Two - CBS Paramount
The Mentalist is back and better than ever with 22 new episodes of innovative and manipulative crime-solving techniques. Season two starts off with a bang and keeps on delivering. There are lots twist and turns as Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) manipulates everyone and everything around him to uncover the truth behind the murders. The story lines are better than ever and manage to develop the background, personalities, and lives of the main characters. We get insight into the childhood issues that drive both Jane and Cho. We get pulled in deeper as we watch the relationships between the characters grow and develop. The chemistry between Jane and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) continues to grow and the energy between them is electric.
EXTERMINATORS: Blu-ray - Image
Alex (Heather Graham) finds herself in a court ordered rage-therapy group after a bad breakup with her boyfriend. There she meets Stella (Jennifer Coolidge), the owner of an extermination business who might be killing more than bugs, and Nikki (Amber Heard), a dental technician with the face of an angel and the mind of a sociopath. Together these women form their own ‘silent revolution,’ wreaking havoc on the men of Texas with their own brand of girl justice. Boasting a star-packed cast including Joey Lauren Adams and Matthew Settle, this dark comedy will make you giggle and cheer as the bad boys go down!
CENTURION - Magnolia
Centurion isn't just a rousing adventure, but a return to form for The Descent director Neil Marshall after the disappointing Doomsday. Irish actor Michael Fassbender plays Quintus Dias, a Roman soldier attempting to defend the Empire against Northern England's indigenous Pict population, when they take him captive. Once General Virilus, who inspires fierce devotion in his men, gets wind of the skirmish, he sets out to vanquish opposition leader Gorlacon (Ulrich Thomsen) with the aid of Etain (Olga Kurylenko), a mute tracker. Though his Ninth Legion, which includes Bothos (David Morrissey) and Brick (Liam Cunningham), tracks down Quintus, the Picts slaughter most other comrades and seize Virilus, shifting the battle for conquest into a struggle for survival, a Marshall specialty since Dog Soldiers. Only Arianne (Imogen Poots), a medicine woman who treats Bothos's wounds, arrives as a light in the darkness, holding out the promise of romance should Quintus make it out of Pict territory alive.
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT - Universal
If the relationships that anchor Lisa Cholodenko's warmly funny films appear unconventional, their problems and their pleasures remain universal. In The Kids Are All Right, she takes on a suburban Los Angeles family with two teens, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and the unfortunately named Laser (Josh Hutcherson), and two mothers, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), who conceived via artificial insemination. Now that she's heading off to college, Laser urges 18-year-old Joni to seek out their birth father, who lives in the area. Though she hits it off with Paul (Mark Ruffalo), a motorcycle-riding restaurant owner, Laser has his doubts. After they introduce Paul to their parents, allegiances start to shift. While Nic, a doctor, serves as breadwinner, Jules, a homemaker-turned-landscape artist, provides the nurturing. Paul, on the other hand, lives free from attachments, inciting both curiosity and suspicion.
SALT - PBS
Salt is the story of award-winning and internationally-renowned photographer, Murray Fredericks, on his annual solo pilgrimage to the heart of Lake Eyre in the remote north corner of South Australia. Alone on the most featureless landscape on earth, SALT interweaves Murray's sublime pictures, with innovative time-lapse sequences, and illuminating and exposing video diary excerpts. Stripped back to its essentials, Murray's emotional and mind altering roller-coaster ride is told through a fusion of personally reflective sound bytes and satellite phone conversations with his wife and family at home in Sydney. Totally isolated, with only the horizon line as his reference point, and thoughts as his only companion, Murray is forced to overcome the environmental elements of rain, mud plains, lightning, equipment failure and the ever intrusive salt. The resulting photographs are not just sublime pictures of a remote and surreal location-they are still points that punctuate a journey of the mind and spirit. Fredericks looks into the abyss and finds that, in the midst of nothingness, there is everything.
THE LIGHTKEEPERS - Image
Richard Dreyfuss stars with Emmy and Tony winner Blythe Danner and Oscar nominee Bruce Dern in this warmhearted tale of lost love and second chances. The year is 1912. Vowing to swear off women for good, curmudgeonly Seth Atkins (Dreyfuss) takes refuge tending a remote Cape Cod lighthouse. Then, a mysterious stranger (Tom Wisdom) literally washes up in Seth’s life, with a past full of secrets and a similar aversion to females. But the arrival of two beautiful, spirited women (Danner and Mamie Gummer) will test the men’s resolve – and send all four of them sailing into uncharted romantic waters!
THE NATURE OF EXISTENCE - Walking Shadows
I never thought I could learn about spirituality...and laugh at the same time. This movie is fabulous! I was lucky enough to see it in one of the Film Festivals and everyone in the audience seemed to agree. Director Roger Nygard saves the viewer a lifetime of searching by visiting the most compelling and quirky spiritual philosophers on the planet. It is quite a journey and well worth seeing.
THE SICILIAN GIRL - Music Box Films
Rita at then ten years of age in 1985 witnessed her father's assassination by rival mafia members. A war had started over control of money and the drug trade. Naieve to her own father's involvement at such a young age, Rita only remembers her father as the loving father and not the Mafia Don he was in his village and region. Years go by, and Rita swears vengeance upon her father's death and soon her brothers who also joins a similar fate. Through her adolescent years, Rita has both knowledge and witnesses the local mafia's dealings, comings and goings all the while taking pictures and recording these events in her journals. Now, at seventeen she decides to do the unthinkable.The one thing that no one would dream of doing or are too afraid to. Going against both her mother's wishes,family and the mafia itself she heads to Palermo to tell of all the things she knows bringing about the largest trial in history against the Sicilaian Mafia.
SCREAM DREAM - MVD
A heavy metal singer's satanic worshiping reputation turns out to be more than just a rumor in his shot-on-video cult classic! Michelle Shocked (Carol Carr) is a lead singer of a red hot heavy metal band. Her image as the new queen of rock is feed by rumors that she's involved with witchcraft & Satan worship. There are even stories of disappearances of fans at her shows! But her manager Lou Sharkey has grown tried of dealing with media outrage, so he fires her & replaces her with Jamie Summers (Melissa Moore), a sexy blonde with a strong voice & less ego. However, when the band visits Shocked to tell her they had nothing to do with her firing, they discover the rumors are true - Shocked is a demon & the band is forced to kill her. But later that day, Jamie visits Shocked's apartment to pick up some of her old stage clothes & finds the body.
DEADLAND - Phase 4
World War III's nuclear strikes on the U.S. have set the nation back 200 years; money holds no worth, food is impossible to find, and hope is all but lost when every survivor of the war is infected by a fatal nuclear plague. Deadland is a post-apocalyptic tale of an ordinary man, Sean Kalos, driven on only one purpose: to find his missing wife in the new United Provinces. What was designed to be the new rebirth has become martial-law, and the Officers of the Province wield their power with cruelty. When Sean crosses them, he finds himself in the middle of a personal war, and his search for his wife dominoes into what could be the revolution the survivors have been waiting for.
TWILIGHT ZONE FAN FAVORITES - Image
Pull up a seat and brace yourself for a fantastic voyage into…THE TWILIGHT ZONE! This collection of 19 classic episodes from Rod Serling’s legendary series featured some of Hollywood’s biggest names and are filled with twists and turns that will take you beyond the deepest realms of imagination! Episodes: Night of the Meek, The Invaders, Nothing in the Dark, Time Enough at Last, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, The Odyssey of Flight 33, Steel, A Game of Pool, Walking Distance, Kick the Can, Mr. Dingle the Strong, Two, A Passage for Trumpet, The Four of Us are Dying, Long Distance Call, I Sing the Body Electric, The Lonely, Probe 7 – Over and Out
SOUND OF MUSIC: 45th Anniversary - Fox
When Julie Andrews sang "The hills are alive with the sound of music" from an Austrian mountaintop in 1965, the most beloved movie musical was born. To be sure, the adaptation of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Broadway hit has never been as universally acclaimed as, say, Singin' in the Rain. Critics argue that the songs are saccharine (even the songwriters regretted the line "To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray") and that the characters and plot lack the complexity that could make them more interesting. It's not hard to know whom to root for when your choice is between cute kids and Nazis. It doesn't matter. Audiences fell in love with the struggling novice Maria (Andrews), the dashing Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), and, yes, the cute kids, all based on a real-life World War II Austrian family. Such songs as "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," "Climb Every Mountain," and the title tune became part of the 20th century Zeitgeist. In addition, The Sound of Music officially became a cult hit when audiences in London began giving it the Rocky Horror Picture Show treatment, attending showings dressed as their favorite characters and delivering choreographed comments and gestures along with the movie.
BARNEY LEARNING PACK - Lionsgate
Celebrate the gift of learning in this jam-packed, 6-DVD compilation, containing educational Barney episodes focusing on counting, nursery rhymes, and learning the alphabet. This gift set is a great value and a perfect gift for preschoolers to learn important lessons with Barney & Friends. Each DVD also focuses on a certain topic like ABCs, numbers, rhyming, school time, colors, and counting, so it is great too if your preschooler is learning something specific then you can coordinate with a Barney DVD. All the DVDs are great and for the price of this set you can't go wrong for this set!
THOMAS & FRIENDS: Best of Tales of the Tracks - Lionsgate
Hop on board and enjoy the very best that Thomas & Friends have to offer. This one-of-a-kind gift set is jam-packed with 6 DVDs and 50 episodes. A perfect gift for the holidays, this great value is the best of Thomas and his friends. This box set is perfect for Thomas & Friends both old and new. Each disc has episodes focusing on a certain character or just the best of! There are over 50 episodes total and each disc is between 40-60 minutes long. The episodes are classic Thomas & Friends episodes and I love that there are so many episodes in one set!
THE WORLD AT WAR - A&E
More than 35 years after its initial broadcast, The World at War remains the definitive visual history of World War II. Unsurpassed in depth and scope, its 26 hour-long programs feature an extraordinary collection of newsreel, propaganda, and home-movie footage drawn from the archives of 18 nations, including color close-ups of Adolf Hitler taken by his mistress, that present an unvarnished perspective of the war s pivotal events. Penetrating interviews with eyewitness participants from Hitler s secretary to Alger Hiss to ordinary citizens who stood outside the battle lines add spine-tingling, first-hand accounts to an already unforgettable viewing experience. For decades films were ruined by panning and scanning, hacking the sides of the image and only 4:3 material was shown correctly. Now audiences are accustomed to black bars on 2.35-1 films on wide screen TVs we get the ludicrous irony of 4:3 material being butchered so those with no visual sensibility won't complain when it doesn't fill their 16:9 TVs. The World at War is the greatest documentary series ever produced. It is nothing less than cultural vandalism to restore it only to present it with the 30% or so of the image missing from every shot.
WAR OF THE WORLDS: Final Season - CBS Paramount
An intrepid band of scientists and soldiers battled the Red Planet menace on the small screen in the action-packed syndicated television series War of the Worlds. The show operated on an intriguing premise that paid homage to George Pal's classic 1953 film version--the Martians, presumed dead at the end of the movie, are actually in a state of hibernation, and 30 years later, they have not only revived, but begun to inhabit human bodies in a second attempt to conquer our planet. Now, a team of scientists (Jared Martin) and soldiers (Richard Chaves) must convince humanity to fight against an alien onslaught. Science-fiction series focusing on Dr. Harrison Blackwood's team efforts to seek out the scattered groups of aliens and foil their attempts to trigger world panic and widespread destruction.
OPEN SEASON: 3D - Sony
Growing up can be a confusing journey fraught with difficult choices. Boog (Martin Lawrence) is a domesticated Grizzly Bear who leads a perfectly happy life inside of Park Ranger Beth's (Debra Messing) garage, but a chance meeting with an overly energetic mule deer named Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) quickly changes everything and lands Boog high in the forest a few days before the opening of hunting season. Devoid of even the most basic survival skills, Boog and Elliot stumble through the woods and find themselves at the mercy of every forest animal from skunks to chipmunks as well as an evil hunter named Shaw (Gary Sinise). After unintentionally inciting and endangering an entire forest full of clever animals, Boog and Elliot come to the realization that only by banding together do the forest animals stand a chance of outsmarting the hunters and ensuring their own survival. This first animated film from Sony Pictures Animation takes its inspiration from cartoonist Steve Moore (In the Bleachers) and features animals with human-like intelligence, a vibrant color palate, and skilled animation that makes everything from the wind blowing Boo's fur to the animals' wild trip down the falls simply breathtaking.
SUPERMAN/SHAZAM: The Return of Black Adam - Warner Premiere
Make your stand against evil with this exciting Collection of 4 DC Showcase Animated Shorts starring favorite DC Comics super heroes! Chosen the world’s protector against the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man--pride, envy, greed, hatred, selfishness, laziness and injustice--young Billy Batson accepts his destiny as Captain Marvel. Battling alongside Superman against nefarious Black Adam, Billy soon discovers the challenge super heroes ultimately face: is it revenge or justice? For bounty hunter Jonah Hex and hard-boiled cop turned vengeance ghost The Spectre, getting their hands dirty is part of the job-- maybe even the fun part. But Superman, Green Arrow and Black Canary follow an internal moral code to guide their actions. They know it’s easy to get lost in the darkness of the fight, especially when villains like Merlyn the Magnificent and Count Vertigo place no value on human life.
METALOCALYPSE: Season Three - Adult Swim
The world's biggest animated heavy metal band, Dethklok, is making its debut on Blu-ray Disc. In this season of the animated comedy series from co-creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, Dethklok is found in a precarious position without management after a violent attack on Mordhaus. Find out how the biggest entertainment act in the universe deals with the brutality of a troubled music industry, declining economy and their own unbridled narcissism. In addition to containing all 10 episodes from the latest season of Metalocalypse, both the DVD and Blu-ray Disc come complete with bonus content including Facebones Background Art Tour, Extended Scenes, Klokateer Recruitment Videos and much more. Plus, the Blu-ray Disc also includes a featurette of Nathan Explosion reading from William Shakespeare's Othello, as well as five exclusive music videos featured in the latest Dethklok live tour for Bloodlines, Dethsupport, Burn the Earth, Black Fire Among Us and The Gears.
SECRET ORIGIN: The Story of DC Comics - Warner
Behind the amazing tales of legendary super heroes is the equally amazing story of the company that told them. So many heroes, so many stories to tell--stories of DC Comics' 75 years of challenges, creativity and triumph. This DC Comics Original Documentary is both a compelling insider's tale and a celebration seen through the inkwell of those who created and lived it, balanced with insights from key historians and filled with interviews, archival footage and a dazzling parade of riveting and splashy DC covers. From the bans to the breakthroughs, from humble pulp beginnings to the literary rise of the graphic novel, the story holds a mirror to an ever-evolving enterprise and the society reflected in its comic book pages. It's an American story.